2015-16 KCJO Season A Swingin' Musical Journey! ______________________________________________
Please join Artistic Director/Conductor Clint Ashlock& The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for our 2015/’16 Concert Series, as we take you on a Swingin’ Musical Journey! To ensure you have the very best seats available, and to enjoy the best big band swing music in the land, please take a moment to renew or purchase your season tickets!
Single tickets sales for all concerts begin August 1st ______________________________________________
“A Night At The Cotton Club”
Friday, October 2, 2015 – 8 PM
The KCJO will feature the music of the great musicians, singers and orchestras who performed at New York’s legendary night club, The Cotton Club , during the 1920s and 1930s: Duke Ellington; Fletcher Henderson; Fats Waller; Billie Holiday; Lean Horne; Lester Young; Cab Calloway; KC’s Count Basie and many others!
“A Swinging Kansas City Christmas!” Tuesday, December 8, 2015 – 7 PM
Join The KCJO and our very special guest vocalist, ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY, as we Swing into the Holidays – Kansas City style - with our annual holiday show! Keep your Yule cool and join us for exciting classic big band hits and wonderful arrangements of your favorite holiday songs. www.annhamptoncallaway.com
With apologies to Roger Miller, “England will swing like The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra do!” We’ll feature great songs and arrangements from World War II such as “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” all the way to the Beatles and Tom Jones, when British artists and songwriters dominated the music charts in the 1960s. It’ll be a fun, nostalgic, and definitely a swinging concert!
Explore the roots of great jazz from its beginning in New Orleans by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and King Oliver, to the Chicago jazz styles of Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke and Ben Pollock. In between this journey, we’ll stop in Kansas City to hear some Count Basie classics and experience the great W.C. Handy’s immortal “St. Louis Blues” and his iconic “Beale Street Blues.”
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Through concert performances and educational endeavors, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra strives to preserve the rich heritage of jazz, nurture its growth, and encourage the appreciation of America’s Classical Music as a viable art form.